Rita Saffioti

Rita Saffioti (born 26 May 1972) is an Australian politician and economist, currently representing the seat of West Swan in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. On 17 March 2017, she was appointed to her current role as Minister for Transport, and Planning. She previously held the role of Minister for Lands between 17 March 2017 and 13 December 2018.

Rita Saffioti

Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for West Swan
Assumed office
6 September 2008
Preceded byNew Seat
Personal details
Born (1972-05-26) 26 May 1972 (age 48)
Perth, Western Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materCurtin University
CommitteesPublic Accounts committee member (2009–13)
PortfolioMinister for Transport; Planning; and Lands


Saffioti grew up on her family's orchard in Roleystone, south-east of Perth. There she attended the local schools and went on to become dux of Kelmscott Senior High School. In 1992, she successfully completed her Bachelor of Business degree at Curtin University, majoring in Economics. She is married and has three children.[1]


Saffioti has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1996.[2] Before being elected to parliament, she was a senior advisor and chief of staff to premiers Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter.[2]

Saffioti became the inaugural member for West Swan at the WA state election in September 2008,[3][4] and was re-elected in 2013[5] and 2017.[6]

In April 2013, Saffioti was made shadow minister for planning, finance, government accountability and women's interests. In June 2015 she became shadow minister for transport, planning, infrastructure and finance. With the election of the McGowan Labor government in March 2017, she was appointed Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands. In December 2018 Lands became the responsibility of Treasurer Ben Wyatt.

As Transport Minister, Saffioti has overseen the rollout of Metronet, a large scale, long term rail infrastructure project.


  1. ^ "MLA give birth". inMyCommunity. Community Newspaper Group. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "About Rita Saffioti". Rita Saffioti MLA. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ 2008 State General Election Details, retrieved 8 July 2012
  4. ^ "2008 Western Australian Election – West Swan", ABC Elections, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 8 July 2012
  5. ^ "West Swan District Profile and Results". 2013 State General Election. Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ "West Swan District Profile and Results". 2017 State General Election. Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
New seat
Member for West Swan
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Marmion
Minister for Transport
Preceded by
Donna Faragher
Minister for Planning
Preceded by
Terry Redman
Minister for Lands
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